In line with recent Government advice the Church of England now permits some limited relaxation of current instructions regarding closure of church buildings, thus allowing the possibility under COVID-19 secure conditions of 'individual prayer' and of very small-scale funerals.
The Diocese of Ely has since confirmed that each parish has discretion over if and when it considers it safe to open and may decide to remain closed or reopen at a slower pace if it wishes. After an initial guided risk-assessment and having carefully considered a number of other factors the churchwardens of the Fen Orchards Benefice have decided that for the time being our church buildings should remain closed.
In the meantime, our planning and preparations will continue in readiness for when it is judged both safe and practically feasible for us to re-open and begin the slow return to something like what we once called 'normal'. Parishioners and visitors are thanked for their patience and forbearance and are encouraged to consult the Church of England's and the Diocese of Ely's websites for further information about the many possibilities that now exist for joining in Christian worship on-line, via TV and radio, or by means of a daily telephone call.
The above statement has been produced in consultation with the Rural Dean.